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Because I'm a first timer to the national convention, I'm probably not a
good judge of its success. However, everything I went to was absolutely
wonderful. The first workshop I went to was Intro to Digital Art. We
had the chance to play with Painter 5.5, Photoshop, and those really
nifty pens. It was so much of an information overload- I wish I could
have had at least 20 minutes or so just to play with the materials
instead of them demonstrating so many things it could do.
Another excellent workshop was Millennia Trails. Not only did I get some
good ideas about a particular project, I saw some great brainstorming
strategies in progress. One of the best things about going to the
sessions and workshops is seeing some of our best teachers and picking
up on some of their "tricks." Around the world in 90 days was probably
my favorite session- this teacher shared her multicultural approach in a
90 day unit with sixth graders.
Although some convention veterans said the opening reception didn't even
compare to some of the previous years, I was in awe of the gala and
festivities at Union Station by Binney and Smith. The vendors were very
generous and friendly. I was very disappointed in the multitudes of art
teachers charging at the commercial exhibits on Thursday morning (it
looked like an after Christmas sale gone bonkers). I'm just like the
next free-supply-loving art teacher, but c'mon now.. some people were SO
All in all, I had a blast and have been recharged!
Michelle H. Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, North Carolina
( ) "Art is the form of the picture that has come
! ^ ^ ! into being through the nerves, heart,
^! * * ! ^ brain, and eye of man."
! \ ^ / ! -Edvard Munch
( ( 0 ) ) 1907
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